Thursday, March 4, 2010

G is for Gas Station

I’ve been curious about this gas station for years now. I don’t know why I never stopped before. Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday for the letter G was just the motivation I needed!


This old gas station is located just a mile or so from my house. I pass it at least twice every day. I often look at it as I pass, sitting abandoned with only passing cars and trains for company. And I wonder how the scene might have been different in its era. Then I wonder WHEN was its era? Though I have only lived in this town for about 7 years, my grandparents lived here as far back as I can remember. But, I never remember stopping at this gas station.

The pumps are definitely from a bygone time. The coat of rust they wear is a testament to it. The $.49/gal is an indicator too.



















Each of the pumps have a glass bulb towards the top. At first I think it is a light, but closer inspection reveals it has something to do with the actual functionality of pumping the gasoline:


After inspecting the pumps, I decided to peek into the window of the store. I’m not sure this is the original store – it certainly isn’t sporting the same rust as the pumps.

A peek inside reveals old metal desks and some awesome old office chairs. And my favorite thing… an old, forgotten, tin box of Sucrets.

34 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

I'm surprised that the gas pumps and metal desks were not sold to vintage collectors a long time ago.

Susan said...

My grandfather used to own an old gas station long, long time ago. This brings back old memories. thank you for sharing.
Wouldn't you just love to go inside the gas station and find all the wonderful old treasures.
Susan

Kathleen said...

Oh that was good! .49 cents...the cheapest I remember is .99 in 1992.
It is amazing it just sits there..the Sucrets box..I remember those. My mom used to use them to hold straight pins when they were empty..

Debbie said...

Ok this was a really cool G post! I love it, don't you wonder what happened? They just left and never came back!!~ Cool pumps back them and at 49cents a gallon, wow that would be nice now huh!!~

mrs. c said...

My hubby is into taking photos of old buildings and especially gas stations. It's fun to look around and explore.

lissa said...

it's like it's from another era, I wonder what's the history and perhaps some wild stories are inside there somewhere

thanks for your visit to my alphabe-thursday

mbkatc230 said...

I love old gas stations! And this one is really frozen in time. DH and I have taken alot of road trips and like to photograph old stations, we found a couple in Gonzales that are real beauties. Hopefully we'll find some on our trip for the wedding. Thanks for stopping by! Kathy

Short and Sweet said...

Your photos have indeed captured a bygone piece of history that some of us remember. Your "G" post is wonderful and thank you for having the insight to wonder about these gas stations.
Also, tell your niece to try the cloth diapers...visit the links on my blog and share them with her.

Amy said...

Hi Amy,

What a great post. I loved seeing the pictures..

Thanks for stopping by..

Jackie said...

Awesome it's like a ghost town gas station . I Love it .

Carol said...

So cool!

Amanda said...

What a neat old gas station! I love the vintage gas pumps!

Mami said...

That's reaaly vintage!! Your find is Good!!

Patti said...

Great old gas pumps!! I remember when I was a little girl in the 70's and gas was 50 cents!!

Sarah said...

This looks as if someone just walked away. What interesting photos. A perfect post for the letter G. Thanks for sharing these.

Pondside said...

That old gas station ought to be in a museum - lock, stock and barrel!

Maggie B said...

Great G post, those pumps are amazing. I saw a programme on the History Channel recently where one of these was restored and it looked fabulous when it was done.
~Maggie~

Mardell said...

Wow Amy, that is so cool. I would have been SO tempted to get inside that building! It's crazy that it just sits there, and esp. after all these years. If walls (or pumps) could talk!

Jenny said...

Good Gravy Miss Amy!

What an absolutely Great G post!

I love your sense of adventure!

Love the Gas pumps and the Gas station and the little forgotten sucrets box.

Perhaps that is the place for your little antique shop?

A+ for your G post

And next week I get to hang out with you! woo hoo!

Christy said...

That is so cool! I love looking at antique items, especially when you just happen upon them on the side of the road. Great G post!

The Muse said...

Hello Amy...Oh I recall the man with the star...lol...The days of being a lady and never touching the gas pump..lol...
ah well, wonder what my nanny would think of me now.
Loved the G choice and your take on it!

Melinda Cornish said...

You better get the new American picker, Jenny Matlock out there! I am surprised that they havent sold those gas pumps.......Melinda

Viki said...

That almost looks like a movie prop LOL. I wish we had gas for 49 cents. Really neat picture. Glad Alphabe-Thursday got you to investigate it.

easternsparkle said...

Oh what memories they hold - just think how the cars have changed over the years as well!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What a great story...

Thanks for sharing..

Megan said...

Great idea for "G", I think I just might have to go out and photograph some old gas stations now!

Mumsy said...

Gorgeous picture! That's really old, and wonderful still..

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It is amazing that this gas station has been sitting abandoned so long! Sadly here ln the city it would have been vandalized so many times.

Fun "G" post Amy!

Catherine said...

What a great G post :) !

Steph said...

Your post reminded me of this Southern Daydreamer entry that I read earlier this week.

http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/2010/01/120-outdoor-wednesday-54.html

I just love the old gas stations scattered across Va and NC (at least for me) back-crossroads. Thanks for taking the time to explore and for sharing your great photos.

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

How cool! I'd love to do a painting of the gas station! Wow, 49 cents. I can remember 55 cents when I first started driving! Yep, it was a long, long time ago ;)
Thanks for visiting!

Jo said...

i havent seen gas pumps like that since i was a kid ... what a cool trip down memory lane. it makes me wonder who owns the station and why it is just sitting there empty and abandoned complete with furniture in the store.

Bits-n-Pieces said...

That would be such a fun place to explore!!

Laurie said...

I'm in love with your gas pumps!! and the interior...I cant believe it is still like that, it is so neat!